The Carroll baseball team has been on a roll as of late, winning five in a row heading into district play, and it will need to stay hot as 7-6A competition starts this week.
The Dragons opened with Coppell on Tuesday night after the press deadline and will face the Cowboys a second time at 7 p.m. on Thursday at Coppell.
Coach Larry Hughes said his team will have its work cut out for it this week, but added that the team has been playing better as of late and he anticipates a competitive series.
“They have almost everyone returning,” Hughes said of Coppell. “Their pitching is just outstanding. They’ve got four guys that throw in the 90s, and they’re really dominant there. Both offensively and defensively, they are such a good team. You have to play your best game to beat them.”
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The Dragons defeated Midlothian by a score of 5-0 on Friday night in a game in which Hughes said his team looked pretty resilient.
“We had a good week in general,” Hughes said. “We had kind of had a little bit of a slow start and lost some games, and lost by a run or two. But all week long, we’ve pitched and played real well. Obviously, when you are facing a little bit better pitching, it takes longer to break through, and that is what happened in the Midlothian game.
“Trevor Harris, our first baseman, started, and he pitched a great game. They only had one hit all night, so he was really the star of the game.”
Hughes said that his team is averaging less than one error per game defensively, and said that the Dragons are playing pretty well as district gets underway.
“I think we’re playing real good right now,” Hughes said. “We’re still not swinging the bat as well as tI think we are capable of, or what we will be. And it’s probably more of we’re just not getting that big hit to break a lot of these games open. We play a lot of close games ... but I do feel good, because our pitching and defense is what we’re winning on.”